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Snicket, Lemony.
New York : HarperCollins, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 6.9
ISBN 0060296402

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

The book "The Carnivorous Carnival" by Lemony Snicket is a great book. It is about these children whose parents died in a fire in the Baudelaire Mansion. The family member that the orphans first got sent to named Count Olaf was out to get the enormous fortune that their parents left for them. After many tragedies with many family members, they ended up in the trunk of Count Olaf's car at a carnival. They disquise thamselves to try and find out some secrets about their lives. In their disquises, they decide to join Count Olaf and his troupe. At the end, something terrible happens to them which I'm not going to tell you because you need to read this book for yourself. I recommend this book to everyone who loves mysteries.  (Kristin, student, Musselman Middle School. Bunker Hill, WV

Booktalk #2

Will these poor children ever escape from Count Olaf?  In this book, the kids end up in the trunk of Count Olaf's car going to the Caligari Carnival.  And now they must disguise themselves as carnival freaks to keep their identity a secret.  They must steal the crystal ball from Madame Lulu in order to find out if their parents are still alive.  So, look for Klaus and Violet disguised as a two headed person.  And poor Sunny wearing a full beard to pass as half wolf.  And look for a cliff hanging ending that will leave you wanting more.

SUBJECTS:     Orphans -- Fiction.
                        Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
                        Carnivals -- Fiction.
                        Humorous stories.


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